The best handcrafted soap ideas

Handmade soap is not only therapeutic and fun to make, but it’s a great way to infuse the healing properties of plants into something that touches our skin daily. Take a look at these beautiful homemade soap recipes, and make a batch of your own!

Sea Sponge Soap Bars

These sea sponge soap bars are topped with natural sea sponges to make a very gorgeous, organic-looking handmade soap that lathers up beautifully.

Rosemary and Peppermint Energizing Soap

Rosemary’s aromatherapy benefits include promoting focus, memory, and mental clarity. Likewise, peppermint boosts energy and enhances mental focus. And both of them smell amazing, which is why I combined them into this delicious energizing rosemary peppermint morning shower soap.

Lemongrass, Ginger, and Coffee Kitchen Soap

One of my very favorite blends in homemade soap is this fresh smelling kitchen soap that I made using this process. The bright citrus scent is energizing and smells incredible. This bar has a great scent to wake you up and get rid of strong cooking smells from chopping onions and garlic!

Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap

This scrumptious-smelling soap reminds me of the holidays, especially topped with festive saffron. It’s like Christmas baking while showering. Just watch out because it might make you hungry! (Be sure to use it in the morning before breakfast.) Get the recipe for Orange Vanilla Cinnamon Soap in my post on cold-process soap making.

Melt and Pour Homemade Soap Recipes

This is the soap-making method I would recommend to beginners or those looking for a simple project. I enjoy melt and pour for quickly making fun, decorative soaps. You can see some examples of in my melt and pour soap idea book, Good Clean Fun.

Lavender Ombre Melt-and-Pour Soap

This attractive lavender ombre soap is lightly scented with lavender and contains moisturizing rich shea butter. It may look like a high-end decorative soap from a fancy shop, but it’s easily homemade.

Rosemary Lemon Soap-On-A-Rope

Soap-on-a-rope is more than just fun to say. It’s really an artistic way to display soap that also effectively keeps it from sitting in a little puddle in your shower. This project comes straight from the garden and is a fun way to combine the stars and bars.

Exquisite Botanical Soap

These botanical soap bars use flowers, herbs, and leaves found in the garden to look almost too pretty to use. This simple project brings the delight of your backyard into your bath or shower. These soaps look much more difficult to make than they actually are.

Lavender Oatmeal Soap Cupcakes

This lavender oatmeal soap is soothing and calming for your skin. And any recipe that uses my garden-grown lavender is a favorite of mine due to the amazing scent and natural beauty that it lends to any recipe!

Homemade Honeycomb Soap

This honey soap is not only gorgeous, but it’s also fun and easy to make too! I love that this soap looks like it comes straight from the honeycomb. It’s really an aloe, cucumber, and carrot soap mixed with manuka honey and scented with citrus. Find out the trick to making the attractive honeycomb texture without buying an expensive mold.

Sakura Cherry Blossom Soap

Similar to how cherry blossoms only bloom for a short time each year, these cherry blossom soaps are not meant to last long. These small ‘blooms’, or personal-sized soaps, will only last for a few uses.

Amber Fossilized Bug Soap

These ultra-fun amber fossilized bug soaps are inspired by the fascinating look of fossilized insects in amber. What a way to make bathtime feel more like an adventure than a chore for little ones.

Winter Forest Soap

This winter forest soap recipe smells like a walk through the forest in the brisk winter air. Scented with essential oils from forest trees that make it both fresh and woodsy, this soap will perk you up and combat the dreariness that comes with the long, cold winter nights.

Foaming Hand Soap

I love the silky luxury of foaming hand soap, but I don’t love using chemicals and substances I can’t even pronounce in my products. Since ingredients like that are often listed on the bottles of store-bought foaming soap, I set out to make a fantastic basic foaming hand soap recipe.